Just a few days after Disney announced that they were in negotiations with Jon Favreau to direct a live-action version of The Jungle Book, we received a press release from Disney announcing that the original animated Jungle Book was coming to Blu-ray with a Diamond Edition in February 2014.
The Jungle Book is adapted from a collection of fairy tales written by Rudyard Kipling, set in India, mostly following the human child Mowgli, raised by wolves with a bear named Baloo and panther named Bagheera as his closest friends. The main villain from this original Jungle Book film was the tiger Shere Khan.
The Jungle Book was directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, the same director who brought the world 101 Dalmations and The Aristocats.
This is the first time that the original 1967 edition of The Jungle Book will be available on Blu-ray and Disney is loading up this Diamond Edition of the movie with some brand new special features.
All-New Blu-ray Special Features:
- Introductions by Diane Disney Miller and Richard M. Sherman
- Alternate Ending – Mowgli and The Hunter
- @DisneyAnimation: Sparking Creativity
- Music, Memories & Mowgli: A Conversation with Richard M. Sherman, Diane
- Disney Miller and Floyd Norman
- Disney Intermission – Bear-E-Oke hosted by Baloo
- Bear-E-Oke Sing A Long
- I Wanna Be Like You – Hangin’ Out At Disney’s Animal Kingdom
The new Jungle Book Diamond Edition Blu-ray will be available to purchase on Feb. 11, 2014 and you can pre-order it through Renegade Cinema at Amazon.com.
Now for the first time ever on Blu-ray with glorious digital high definition, Disney’s Jumpin’ Jungle Classic has never looked so lush or sounded so good! Beloved characters, swinging music and new behind-the-scenes bonus features make this Diamond Edition Blu-ray a must-have for every family’s classic collection!
Meet the most unforgettable characters and embark on a thrilling adventure with Mowgli as he journeys deep into the jungle and learns “The Bare Necessities” of life from happy-go-lucky Baloo the bear. Meet Bagheera, the wise old panther, and crazy King Louie, the orangutan. But watch out for the cunning tiger Shere Khan and Kaa, the ssssneakiest snake in the jungle!
Explore your family’s wild side as you venture into The Jungle Book for extraordinary adventures and a heartwarming tale that celebrates the true meaning of friendship.